Guantanamo Bay is a site of unparalleled notoriety, defined by the systematic use of torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment against hundreds of men brought to the site and deprived of their most fundamental rights.”
Over the years, many detainees have claimed that they were detained unlawfully, denied due process, and subjected to grave physical and psychological abuses—some amounting to torture—by their American captors.
Guantanamo Bay interested U.S military planners due to its geographical location in the Caribbean. It became a strategic location in defending the Panama Canal and the southern US coast. It was also a natural haven for naval vessels in the region.
US should apologize to Guantanamo Bay inmates for treatment -UN expert
A United Nations expert said on Monday the U.S. government’s treatment of Guantanamo Bay inmates was cruel, inhuman and degrading under international law and called for Washington to apologize and provide reparations.
“I observed that after two decades of custody, the suffering of those detained is profound, and it’s ongoing,” Fionnuala Ni Aolain told journalists after completing the first official visit by a U.N. expert to the detention facility in Cuba.
“The U.S. government must urgently provide judicial resolution, apology and guarantees of non repetition,” she added.